The number of U.S. babies born with signs of opiate drug withdrawal has tripled in a decade

A baby comes into the world trusting and ready to learn. This is awaits for oh so many of them. “…Disturbing new research says the number of U.S. babies born with signs of opiate drug withdrawal has tripled in a decade because of a surge in pregnant women’s use of legal and illegal narcotics, including Vicodin, OxyContin and heroin. It is the first national study of the problem.

The number of newborns with withdrawal symptoms increased from a little more than 1 per 1,000 babies sent home from the hospital in 2000 to more than 3 per 1,000 in 2009, the study found. More than 13,000 U.S. infants were affected in 2009, researchers estimated…..”

My first question is what did it take so long to undertake such a study of the problem and my second question is what has a newborn done to deserve such a fate?

On many levels one can argue that it is not our fault and that may be but as tax payers and citizens of this country the “…..Hospital charges for treating these newborns soared from $190 million to $720 million from 2000 to 2009, the study found…..”

Then think in terms of among the first does of air it breaths coming into the world is a “…nurse gently squirts a dose of methadone into her mouth….”\

Don’t know there is more to say.

Follow the link: Thousands more babies born opiate-dependent

Now,

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